Cement News tagged: International

Construction product manufacturers pessimistic of growth

12 July 2017, Published under Cement News

The UK’s Construction Products Association's State of Trade Survey for 2Q17 reveals that UK construction product manufacturers experienced growth in sales and activity for the 17th consecutive quarter, but higher input costs and rising uncertainty has dampened manufacturers’ views for the near-term future. Results of the survey showed that among heavyside manufacturers, only seven per cent a...

Vietnam struggles with over-capacity

12 July 2017, Published under Cement News

As domestic output continues to outstrip local demand, Vietnam is facing a 26Mt cement glut in 2017, according to the Vietnam Cement Association (VNCA). Production from domestic cement plants is expected to reach 86Mt while the market is forecast to off-take 60Mt. Meanwhile, exporting the surplus is becoming increasingly more difficult as the imposition of five per cent export duty has ...

Spain’s cement consumption increases 11% in 5M17

11 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Spain has increased 10.8 per cent YoY to 4,887,751t in the first five months of the year, according to Oficemen, the country’s cement association. A significantly-improved growth rate in May of 15.3 per cent has seen the latest monthly figure reach 1,101,046t and offset the decrease seen in April. If the current growth rate is maintained, it is expected that full-year ...

First clinker produced from new Tula line

11 July 2017, Published under Cement News

On 2 July 2017, Fives produced the first clinker from Cementos Fortaleza's new 3300tpd production line in Tula, Mexico. This completion follows the successful start-up of the two cement grinding plants equipped with FCB Horomill® in December and January.

Cemex participates in key Polish infrastructure road project

Cemex participates in key Polish infrastructure road project

11 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Cemex is participating in the construction of the major S7 Expressway in Poland by supplying over 400,000m 3 of concrete. This cross-country expressway connects the Baltic coast to cities such as Warsaw, Kraków, and the Slovakian border region. To improve the highway’s traffic flow and road safety, one of the stretches of the S7 Expressway involved the construction of a 920m-long bridge on ...

Zambia’s president unveils plans for US$528m cement plant

10 July 2017, Published under Cement News

President Edgar Lungu of Zambia announced the construction of a US$528m cement plant at Ndola Lime Co in the country’s Copperbelt as the country aims to diversify its economy. The investment is a joint venture between Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings and China’s Sinoconst. The 5000tpd plant will have two 20MW coal-fired power plants to provide electricity to the facility...

Pakistan full-year growth slows

Pakistan full-year growth slows

13 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Pakistan dispatched 40.315Mt of cement of during fiscal year 2016-17, up 3.71 per cent YoY, the latest data from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) shows. Capacity utilisation for the year was 86.9 per cent.   During the July 2016-June 2017 period domestic cement dispatches from the north zone were 29.141Mt (+7.72 per cent) and exports were 3.150Mt (-18.22 per cent). M...

New Cambodian plant due for year-end completion

10 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Chip Mong Insee Cement Cooperation is nearing completion of its new cement plant in Kampot province, Cambodia, according to local press reports. The US$262m factory with the capacity to produce 5,000tpd of cement is due to open by the end of the year, the Khymer Times reported. Chip Mong Group and Chip Mong Insee Cement signed a partnership agreement with China’s CITIC Heavy Industries Compa...

Ambuja Cement secures Maharashtra limestone resources

10 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Ambuja Cement has secured a limestone resources of 42Mt in the state of Maharashtra through an e-auction by the state government. The LafargeHolcim company participated in the e-auction for a limestone block for Nandgaon Ekodi Limestone Block in Chandrapur district at a final bid price of 125.05 per cent of value of mineral dispatched.

Moroccan cement market contracts 8% in May

07 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Morocco fell 7.6 per cent to 1.24Mt in May. The drop has been attributed to the recession in the real estate sector following a slump in social housing and the slowdown on construction sites as a result of the delay in the formation of a new government and adoption of Finance Law 2017. In the first five months of 2017, cement sales retreated six per cent to 6.05Mt YoY.

Swiss cement demand contracts 4.7% in 2Q17

07 July 2017, Published under Cement News

In the second quarter of 2017, dispatches by Swiss cement producers to the domestic market have contracted by 4.7 per cent to 1,187,613t from 1,245,811t in 2Q2017, according to Cemsuisse, the country’s cement association.  In the first half of the year, dispatches slipped by 3.9 per cent YoY to 2,040,783t from 2,123,948t.

Siam City to invest in Vietnam operations

06 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Siam City Cement Vietnam Co Ltd will invest an additional US$30-50 in its Vietnamese cement plants in Kien Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Nai provinces, and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in the next 6-12 months, the Saigon Daily Times reports. At a meeting between the company and HCMC authorities on Monday, Philippe Richart, general director of the company, said the Vietnamese economy would contin...

Votorantim Cimentos inaugurates new Sivas plant

06 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Votorantim Cimentos on Wednesday inaugurated its new plant in Sivas, central Turkey, continuing the company’s strategy of geographic diversification with investments in markets with high growth potential. Involving an investment of EUR140m, the new plant has a capacity of 1.8Mta and will replace the company's old Sivas facility, located about 500km from the capital Ankara and 900km from Istan...

Pakistan terminal begins commercial operations

06 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Ltd (PIBT) has started commercial operations from the country's first and only common-user coal, cement and clinker terminal at Port Qasim, near Karachi. In May the company announced that the terminal commenced hot commissioning and achieved a significant milestone by handling the first coal cargo vessel of 41,000t. PIBT has invested around US$285m to ...

US and Puerto Rico shipments down slightly

06 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in April 2017 were about 7.6Mt, slightly less than sales in April 2016, latest data from the US Geological Survey shows. The leading producing states in April 2017 were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama, in descending order. The leading cement-consuming States (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio ...

Drop in Saudi 2Q earnings expected

05 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Six Saudi cement companies are expected to see a decline in their revenues and profits, by 37.1 to 62.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, according to a recent report by Al Rajhi Capital. The companies covered in the report are Arabian Cement, Yamama Cement, Saudi Cement, Qassim Cement, Yanbu Cement and Southern Province Cement. The sales volume of the Saudi cement sector declined by 1...